Greene relents, for now, on bid to oust Johnson

By Olivia Beavers, Jordain Carney | 05/08/2024 06:54 AM EDT

“We will see. It is up to Mike Johnson,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene said, when reporters repeatedly pressed her on whether she would force the vote.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) at the Capitol on Tuesday. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is seemingly retreating from her threat to hold a referendum on Mike Johnson’s speakership this week after two meetings with the GOP leader.

The Georgia firebrand is backing away from her pledge to hold an ouster vote, for now, saying the small band of conservative rebels interested in booting him would continue to watch Johnson’s actions moving forward. The speaker was widely expected to survive any attempted firing this week, as Democrats had committed to helping him.

“We will see. … Right now, the ball is in Mike Johnson’s court,” she responded, when reporters repeatedly pressed her on whether she would carry out her promise to force the vote.


It is a dizzying walkback of a threat Greene first made more than six weeks ago. She had vowed to act on her vow to force an anti-Johnson vote this week even as it became clear that she didn’t have the support to fire him — with former President Donald Trump standing by him and Democratic leaders announcing they would align against her.